When writing to his prospective father-in-law, 19th century missionary Adoniram Judson sought permission to marry by asking, “[Can you] consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world … for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls … and the glory of God?” Judson went on to describe their future missionary service with words like hardships, sufferings, distress, insult, and persecution.
From our earliest days, Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries have willingly and joyfully sacrificed for the sake of the gospel, setting an example for future generations of missionaries and nationals to follow. Recently, I had the opportunity to witness the fruit of such sacrifice in the Central African Republic, the birthplace of BMM.
Our founder, William Haas, died and was buried in African soil just four short years after BMM was founded. In the years since then, God has been blessing and building His church through the sacrificial efforts of missionaries and nationals alike.
The results of these sacrifices are truly incredible. Millions of souls have been saved! Tens of thousands of churches have been planted! Thousands of national pastors have been trained! All of this has been the work of God through the sacrifices of so many.
May their sacrifices stir our hearts and make us willing to sacrifice for the sake of souls as well.
In 2020, Dr. Patrick Odle became Baptist Mid-Missions’ ninth president. He came to his position with 26 years of pastoral experience and eight years as a BMM Council member, along with service as a vice president of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.
Six gravestones, some dating to the 1920s, line a slope in Sibut, Central African Republic Their presence speaks profoundly of the cost and reward of missions.
"For such a time as this." BMM Europe missionaries are helping in the effort to care for Ukrainian refugees.
Imagine what God could do through laser-focused prayers lifted by an army of praying warriors among our supporting churches.